Those who know are saying the Texas Rangers' Michael Young wants out. With Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus, and newly-signed free agent Adrian Beltre on the roster, Young would be forced to DH next year if he remains with the team, and apparently that's not something he wants to do.
So Young is asking for a trade. Early reports say the Rockies and Angels are the favorites to land him, but Young's contract is a bit of a sticking point: he's owed $48 over the next three years.
So the Rangers have an overpaid infielder, and they want him to DH. Sort of like how the Cubs have an overpaid DH, and the team is asking him to play in the outfield.
You knew where I was going with this as soon as you read the title: is there a deal to be made between the Rangers and Cubs involving a Young-for-Soriano swap? Almost definitely not, and for a number of reasons. But follow me, if you will, into fantasy land for just one second.
Young is owed $16 million a year for the next three years. Suppose Alfonso Soriano's deal expired after 2013 as well. And suppose the Cubs agreed to send Soriano, plus $2 million a year for the next three years, to Texas.
Neither team's financials would be impacted; the owners would be writing checks that paid out the exact same salaries. But then Soriano wouldn't have to play defense, while Young would have an open path to a starting spot in the infield. And while Young has played third base most recently, he has played 2B before as well.
But Young probably doesn't want to play second; he probably wants to stick at third. And Soriano's deal doesn't expire after 2013; he's owed another $18 million in 2014 after that. So this sort of swap probably doesn't make much sense.
But it's also not absolutely crazy, right?